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Release: March 8, 2001

Public is invited to UI Health Care seminar on colorectal cancer

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Area residents are invited to join University of Iowa Health Care experts for a presentation on colorectal cancer at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 27 at the Clarion Conference Center in Coralville.

Daniel J. Berg, M.D., James R. Howe, M.D., and Robert W. Summers, M.D., will present "Conquering Colorectal Cancer" as part of the Health For Your Lifetime series presented by UI Health Care.

Topics to be discussed include:

-- What is colorectal cancer?

-- Causes and prevention of colorectal cancer

-- The hereditary component of colorectal cancer

-- Advances in treatment of colorectal cancer

The presentation will include a question-and-answer session. Participants will also have the opportunity to complete an optional, free colorectal cancer risk assessment. This is a simple pencil-and-paper test taking only a few minutes. Results will be kept confidential.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and the third most diagnosed cancer in women in America. The American Cancer Society estimates that colorectal cancer will kill more than 50,000 people in 2001. With the help of early detection, the five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer is 90 percent, according to American Cancer Society figures.

Those at risk for colorectal cancer include people over age 50, those with a family history of colorectal cancer and polyps, a diet mostly from animal sources, physical inactivity and obesity. The Cancer Information Service of the UI Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center will have a display at the program featuring cancer-related information materials and resources.

Berg is an assistant professor in the department of internal medicine, division of hematology-oncology and blood and marrow transplant, with clinical expertise in gastrointestinal cancer.

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Howe is an assistant professor in the department of surgery, division of surgical oncology, with clinical expertise in surgical oncology and colorectal surgery.

Summers is a professor in the department of internal medicine, division of gastroenterology-hepatology, with clinical expertise in colon cancer and colon polyps.

Pre-registration for this program is encouraged. For more information or to register, call
384-8442 or toll-free at 1-800-777-8442.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.